First post here, usually I post over on overclock.net, but I decided I need some expert opinions. I have a bit of a dilemma. I've come to realize I know next to nothing about creating a decent speaker setup. My max budget would be $500, but the lower the better.
My background: I'm looking for a 2.0 or 2.1 setup to fill my small apartment living room. With sound being subjective, and everyone having their own opinion, I'm having a difficult time deciding definitively on a speaker setup. I wish this was as easy as, hey, look at the benchmarks, the Nvidia GTX 670 out performs the GTX 650, get the 670.
Another thing that confuses me is the inputs. I will most likely be playing music off my laptop or iPod. Will there be a problem with sound quality? How do I go about playing the music? Similar to AUX input in cars?
My proposed passive 2.1 setup:
-Polk Audio 45B Bookshelf Speakers (I believe these are the updated model of the Polk Audio Monitor 40 Series II)
-Polk PSW10 Powered Subwoofer
-Pioneer VSX-822K Receiver which has subwoofer output
Total would be ~$450-500
Proposed active setup:
Total would be $~400
Thanks in advance, I really appreciate the help!!!